Little Dolphin, Taveuni, Fiji

I often receive emails from people asking me to recommend a place to stay on Taveuni, Fiji. And I usually suggest Little Dolphin at Matei on Taveuni's north coast, walking distance from the island's airport. Little Dolphin only has one elevated cottage, but it's a beaut, and at $100 Fijian double plus tax, a steal. They don't serve meals but the unit has cooking facilities and there's a good supermarket right across the street.

The beach isn't that great here, but neither is it at a couple of other much touted places closer to the airport which charge far higher prices. Frankly, many of the accommodations on Taveuni are way overpriced. For example, the cheapest double at the Taveuni Island Resort is $2,675 Fijian including tax and meals. At Taveuni Palms, it's $1,710 Fijian double plus tax with meals for an over-the-top villa. Maravu Plantation Resort is more reasonable at $450 Fijian and up plus tax. But my money, Little Dolphin is the place.

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